John Dalton speaking at the KCCG AGM.
John Dalton speaking at the KCCG AGM. Katherine Morris

This will help farmers get compensation from miners

LANDHOLDERS across the South Burnett have a new resource to battle mining companies in court.

The Queensland Government has launched a new database that will collect monthly bore levels near mining and coal seam gas operations.

They want landholders to contribute data by registering their bores and imputing a monthly record of their bore levels.

John Dalton from the Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group thinks it's a great idea.

"Most farmers know their bore levels off by heart, have it writing on a shed wall, or in a greasy pocket book.”

"But what this project does it keep all of that data secure,” Mr Dalton said.

By recording the data landholders will be able to track any considerable change in their water levels.

This data can be used in court when claiming damages from mining companies.

Mr Dalton said farmers could force miners to pay for new bores or get compensation for loss of income

Each bore will be registered so that when a landholder sells their property the new owner will also have access to the historical records.

"When you've got a hole that is 150m deep the aquifers, which are like pipes, they get cut and the water pours into the mine pit and dries out the land near by.”

Mr Dalton said Kingaroy is over exposed to this dynamic because Kingaroy doesn't a big river to provide a constant supply of water our farmers rely on bores and aquifers.

Visit www.business.qld.gov.au and search for 'groundwater-monitoring.'